In this video short, take a look back at the era of freeway building in Seattle and the revolts to stop them that ensued from the perspective of locals.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this video. When the i-5 came through Georgetown it closed the elementary school, the last grocery stores, and removed so many dwellings that it drove the final nail in the coffin (started by industrial business interests) ending the Georgetown that had been a thriving working class residential neighborhood of ~9,000 people. Maritime, aeronautical and vehicular transportation networks have carved and divided the neighborhood of Georgetown, leaving only a few historical blocks where ~1,400 residents confront the many burdens imposed by I-5 every day. One of Georgetown’s 4 intact residential streets was used for some time as the on-ramp for I-5. From what I have heard, it was neighbors’ advocacy in the 70’s that finally forced the on-ramp approach elsewhere.

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